The European Triathlon Championship already lives in the hours before the competition. The Pazo da Cultura de Pontevedra hosted this afternoon the press conference of the protagonists of the elite tests in both male and female categories. Locals Javier Gómez Noya and Ainhoa Murúa, along with Britain's Alistair Brownlee and France's Emmie Charayron, commented on their expectations for Saturday's event.
Gómez Noya will compete again in the city where he lives, previously as the European Cup, and during the week he already received the support of his neighbors. "Come on, you have to win" is the most repeated phrase. To do so, the Ferrolan will have to overcome the current owner of the title, Alistair Brownlee, who confessed to being "happy to be in Pontevedra for the first time." For the English “it was a surprise to have such a good race last week in Austria. I'm going to try to win here too. ”
The two are usually rivals but teammates in the French League. Brownlee explained that there were different tactics, while Gómez Noya pointed out that "it is only to change the chip."
To get his third continental title, the Galician will not only face Alistair Brownlee, although Gómez Noya believes that “he is the maximum favorite.”? Jonathan - the youngest of the Brownlee brothers - is at a very high level, and Joao Silva, the French team with Hauss… there will be no lack of rivals ”. Anyway, if they give him a choice between losing at home on Saturday or winning at Brownlee's at the London Games, the Spaniard prefers the Olympic medal but “I don't think about it. I try to win every race ”.
On the female side, Ainhoa Murúa pointed out that "from the moment you place yourself on the pontoon, you have a chance of being on the podium and I think I have it." For Gipuzkoa, the favorites are the French Emmie Charayron and Carole Peon, as well as the Danish Frederiksen. The world champion junior and champion of Europe junior and U23, Emmie Charayron, does not think of being a favorite although she hopes "to be on the podium because I am happy with the result in Madrid" -the Frenchwoman was bronze in the World Series test- .
They will be the first to jump into the Lérez river. The women's competition starts on Saturday at 12.30:19.00 p.m. Meanwhile, the men's title will be decided from XNUMX:XNUMX p.m.